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Broken Shimano Tiagra Shifters - What to Do?

Old 08-07-11, 12:11 PM
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Broken Shimano Tiagra Shifters - What to Do?

The 9 speed shifter on my Trek 1200C, which is a Shimano Tiagra ST-4400 broke on a ride last night. The bike repair shop outlined it needs replaced for ~ $165 or $320 to also replace shifter for the front which currently works. I'm looking for lower cost alternatives. Any recommendations including going to a different model shifter? Overall, the current shifters have worked well.

It looks like I could pickup a used shifter on e-bay.

Thanks for any recommendation you can provide.
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Old 08-07-11, 12:34 PM
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microshift is cheap. does their quote include labor?
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Old 08-07-11, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
microshift is cheap. does their quote include labor?
Yes, the cost includes labor. I don't know what you mean by micoshift is cheap?
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Friction downtube or index/frictio barends if you're really pinching pennies.
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pobarnes: 1) Google "Shimano STI shifter repair". There are guys out there who claim success in doing this work. 2) Why replace the front shifter which is working?
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Old 08-07-11, 03:13 PM
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Thanks - I will check on the repair option and yes, it would probably not make sense to replace a working shifter although I end up purchasing a used on, a pair may not cost much more than a single.
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What is broken about the shifter?
What does it do or not do?
Is it physically broken or just not shifting well?
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When moving the levers to shift up or back, the gears don't shift/move at all. It seems like it takes less force now to move the levers. When I was riding yesterday just prior to breaking, I went to shift it and it seemed to have to press much harder to get it to move and then it broke and would not shift at all.
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Microshift is a brand, often sold by Nashbar and Performance. I bought a set of nine speed Microshift on sale at Nashbar earlier this year for under $90 a set (they were closing them out).
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Microshift is a brand, often sold by Nashbar and Performance. I bought a set of nine speed Microshift on sale at Nashbar earlier this year for under $90 a set (they were closing them out).
Now I understand.. thanks
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Originally Posted by pobarnes View Post
When moving the levers to shift up or back, the gears don't shift/move at all. It seems like it takes less force now to move the levers. When I was riding yesterday just prior to breaking, I went to shift it and it seemed to have to press much harder to get it to move and then it broke and would not shift at all.
I had the same thing happen to me a couple days ago, except on my left double 5600 shifter. Apparently STI shifters are just like this, if they get stuck and you force them they will break and you will have no recourse but to replace the brifter. I spent a couple days agonizing over what to do, tried to snipe a couple ebay auctions, ended up failing. Then I started reading about microshift (and the nashbar/forte branded ones) and the reviews were good enough that I couldn't resist the price. I ended up buying the alloy 10-speed ones from Nashbar, used the 15% off code and bought a bunch of other stuff I needed to save on shipping.
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Originally Posted by pobarnes View Post
When moving the levers to shift up or back, the gears don't shift/move at all. It seems like it takes less force now to move the levers. When I was riding yesterday just prior to breaking, I went to shift it and it seemed to have to press much harder to get it to move and then it broke and would not shift at all.
I wonder if your shift cable is broken, or fraying and nearly broken. Pull the brake on so you can peek in the side of the shifter... what do you see? Pics?
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Old 08-08-11, 12:25 AM
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Microshift, they will work way better than the sora stuff u have in there. Actually not even mirage that is the lowest from campangolo shift as hard as sora.

Second thing, buy a book and learn to do the stuff yourself because i wouldn't surprise that the labor will be like 100 bucks + new cables and hardware. And for that price u can even get a used bike at CL with a functional sora u know. Even replace the whole bike for around the money the LBS is quoting. Check CL and good luck.
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Originally Posted by pobarnes View Post
When moving the levers to shift up or back, the gears don't shift/move at all. It seems like it takes less force now to move the levers. When I was riding yesterday just prior to breaking, I went to shift it and it seemed to have to press much harder to get it to move and then it broke and would not shift at all.
Sounds like you broke it, but you might be lucky - the old WD40 flush might save you
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Originally Posted by Kimmo View Post
Sounds like you broke it, but you might be lucky - the old WD40 flush might save you
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It may not be broken. Shoot it full of WD40 and see what happens.
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Flush it out with Clean Streak. Then use a good lube on the pivot points.
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